Travel Alert July 2018: Typhoon Jongdari to Impact Tokyo and Central Japan

If Tokyo and other areas of central Japan are in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to Typhoon Jongdari, of which landfall is expected in eastern Japan south of Tokyo as early as Saturday evening, July 28, 2018.

Travel Alert July 2018: Typhoon Jongdari to Impact Tokyo and Central Japan

Typhoon Jongdari

Typhoon Jongdari heads northeast in the Pacific Ocean before turning towards the west towards Japan. The islands of Iwo Jima, Haha-jima and Ogasawara — from south to north — are outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this strong tropical storm — which is currently centered approximately 800 miles south of Tokyo and is moving northeast at approximately 12 miles per hour — are 75 miles per hour; and it is dangerously close to the island of Iwo Jima. Having attained typhoon status only within the past few hours, this system could possibly strengthen to a Category 3 typhoon before possibly weakening back to either a strong Category 1 or a weak Category 2 typhoon prior to landfall somewhere in east-central Honshu on the eastern coast of central Japan.

Up to a foot of precipitation is expected; but local areas can experience additional rainfall, which will result in significant flooding. A dangerous storm surge is also likely to occur along the coast — along with mudslides and gusty winds.

The eye of the storm is expected to pass just south of Tokyo — meaning that the city will not bear the worst brunt of the storm; but it will still be significantly affected by it, as the risk to lives and property is currently predicted to be moderate.

The arrival of Typhoon Jongdari is a mixed blessing, as it will finally bring a deadly heat wave — which has claimed the lives of at least 80 people over several weeks — to an end.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Tokyo and central Japan over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are seven airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:


Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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